Every evening in Australia, more than four million of us choose to spend a night in front of the telly. Have you ever wondered what other people are watching and how they're reacting to the shows you're loving or hating?
Whether we love ‘em or hate ‘em, action movies are one sure-fire way to get people gathered on the couch.
This week, the Goggleboxers settled in to watch the ‘90s hit, Speed - surprisingly some of the Goggleboxers had never watched it.
Considered a cult classic in the action film realm, Speed features all the usual hallmarks of a great blockbuster: good-looking girl, good-looking guy, attraction, disaster, all ending with a kiss backed by a crescendo of music.
It comes from an era where, in the words of Symon, action was action. Think along the lines of Con Air, The Rock, Face/Off, Double Impact – you get the picture.
You can probably get the gist of things simply by listening to the Goggleboxers’ reactions.
“He’s so manly,” Wayne says of Keanu Reeves, the star of the show.
“There’s a bomb on the bus!” Kate exclaims.
And that’s pretty much the whole thing.
There’s something about action films that really gets you involved.
You look around at your friends in shock and awe, “ohh and ahh” in unison, urge on the main character in a token of moral support and of course, call the actors by their real name.
“Run Keanu, run,” Kerry yells at the TV.
As most of us who have watched it know, once the bus hits a speed of 50 miles per hour it can’t drop lower any otherwise the bomb will detonate.
But, not everyone was up to uh, speed on that one.
“I’m confused,” Patrick says. “What if it gets to a 50 zone?”
Good point, Patrick.
And then there’s the highly unlikely but irresistible romance despite all the odds. What is it about tough love that we can’t get enough of?
As Sandra and Keanu make eyes at each other, the Goggleboxers wonder how love can blossom in such a situation.
“They’re flirting and there’s a bomb on the bus,” Adam laughs. “It’s not the right time, Sandra.”
All’s well that ends well
After a rollercoaster of emotions, the Goggleboxers are left to deal with mixed emotions. More often than not, similar to Symon, we are left in shock by how much we actually enjoyed such an outrageously unreal plot with out of this world explosions and near misses.
“They don’t make them like they used to,” Grant says.
But, it seems we’re not all fans. When Isabelle asked Emmie if she liked it, she replied with an emphatic “no”.
Lover or hater, you can always be sure to learn something from an action flick. In Faye’s words: “That’s why I don’t take public transport.”